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Communication by means of a manual alphabet.

fin′ger·spell′ v.
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Verb1.fingerspell - communicate by means of specific gestures, as an alternative to sign language; "The Deaf often fingerspell"
communicate, intercommunicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"
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Caption: Starbucks employees fingerspell the company's name.
Danish Participant 5, for example, relayed how Facebook-facilitated assignment preparation can help with knowing how to fingerspell names that may be mentioned in discussion.
You know who my closest and dearest are because they're the ones who can fingerspell. I wrote about it in a personal essay I submitted for the Palancas.
Corinne used the word ardent in an essay, but during our interview she could not identify a similar-meaning word to sign or fingerspell it, so she resorted to pointing at the word on the page.
Presenting 441 useful signs for a variety of favorite topics, practice sentences with everyday phrases, games and activities for practicing signs, tips on how to sign or fingerspell, use numbers, and communicate with deaf people, Signing Fun is highly recommended as an excellent beginner's book and vocabulary builder for learning ASL.
These students were oral and did not use Taiwanese Sign Language, but they did enjoy learning how to fingerspell and make a few ASL signs.